Ferrari 458 Speciale at 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show
Ferrari is using the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show to showcase cars like the Ferrari California and the F12 Berlinetta but nothing takes visitors’ attention like the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The latest creation from the Prancing Horse is obviously based on the Ferrari 458 Italia. It uses the same 4.5 litre V-8 found in the Italia but the mid-mounted engine has been tuned to develop 597bhp and 398lb ft of peak torque. At 202mph, the Speciale’s top speed is the same as the Italia’s but it gets to the 62mph mark in 3.0 seconds rather than 3.4 seconds.
Testing at Fiorano has also proved that the Speciale is quicker than the Italia but at 1min 23.5sec, 1.5sec it’s 0.5 seconds slower than the F12 Berlinetta. Moveable aerodynamics play their part in the Ferrari 458 Speciale’s performance as flaps at the front and rear close on the straights for improved aero efficiency and open in the corners to provide downforce. The traction control system has also been improved to include Side Slip Angle Control that optimises torque management. Ferrari will only sell the Speciale with a dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG gearbox, which makes this only the fourth Ferrari to not be available with the firm’s classic gated manual transmission.
Weight reductions also account for some of the performance gains found in the Speciale. The new car is 1,290kg, which is a reduction of 90kg over the Italia. Ferrari has redesigned the body panels to improve the aerodynamics but the passenger cell and the look of the car have not been affected.
The car shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show is being shown in the red livery Ferrari lovers would expect but with a blue and white central stripe that takes its inspiration from the historic NART (North America Racing Team) livery, a colour scheme that Ferrari will be making available to owners.